Best time to travel to South Korea

Azaleas in South Korea

You may occasionally see beautiful pink mountainsides in Korean movies, but reality is often better than the pictures

Best time: mid-April–mid-May


Korean filmmakers learned to appreciate azaleas and pick pink flowery mountainsides as a setting for their romantic movie scenes. The best spots to delight in these rosy sceneries are the slopes of Yeongchwisan mountain area, Hwangmaesan County Park, and Hwangmae Mountain which is the highest point across the Sobaek mountain range, and also Daegeumsan mountain in Geoje. If you'd like to take photos, the most breathtaking pictures can be had at dawn.

The flowers are short-living though, and you might enjoy them only during a tight period from mid-April through to mid-May. This is the season for azalea festivals, such as Yeongchwisan Azalea Festival, Hapcheon Hwangmaesan Royal Azalea Festival, the Royal Azalea Festival, and others.

Practical info

When is the best time to see azaleas in South Korea?

Azaleas in South Korea are best seen from mid-April to mid-May when they flourish in splendid rosy hues on mountainsides. The most popular azalea festivals in Korea are also held during this time, like Yeongchwisan Azalea Festival and Hapcheon Hwangmaesan Royal Azalea Festival, making it a perfect time to visit. Show more

Where are the best spots to see azaleas in South Korea?

Yeongchwisan mountain area, Hwangmaesan County Park, Hwangmae Mountain, and Daegeumsan mountain in Geoje are the top choices to see the blooming beauty of azaleas in South Korea. Show more

What are the most spectacular photo-taking opportunities for azaleas?

During sunrise, you can get mesmerizing photos of azaleas when the sky and the mountains are in captivating shades of purple and pink. Moreover, the Yeongchwisan Azalea Festival and Hwangmaesan County Park are recommended for capturing stunning photographs. Show more

Which are the biggest azalea festivals in South Korea?

The most significant azalea festivals in South Korea are the Yeongchwisan Azalea Festival, Hapcheon Hwangmaesan Royal Azalea Festival, and the Royal Azalea Festival, among others. These festivals include Korean culture, such as traditional dances, music performances, and Korean food, alongside breathtaking views of the azaleas. Show more

How long does the azalea season last in South Korea?

South Korea's azalea season is usually from mid-April to mid-May, which is a short period. Azaleas begin to wither soon after they reach their peak, which means to experience the blossoming landscape, plan your visit in advance. Show more

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Authors: Olha Savych